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White Teeth: A Novel (Paperback)

by Zadie Smith

Because I, Too, Am Hungry: On Food and Reading 3

Tell me reading about those farmers, very early in the morning, devouring those biscuits, those eggs, that ham, that coffee, doesn’t do something for you, doesn’t make you feel as if you could hoe a field, doesn’t make you want to go out and get that shit fucking done.

Are We Entering a Golden Age of the Second Novel? 6

If a first novel fails to become a blockbuster, as almost all of them do, publishers are less inclined to get behind the follow-up by a writer who has gained a dubious track record but has lost that most precious of all literary selling points: novelty. Writers get only one shot at becoming The Next Big Thing.

Wordsmith: The Beguiling Gifts of Ali Smith 3

This kind of gymnastic use of a single word is Smith's specialty, but instead of simply engaging in verbal pyrotechnics for their own sake, Smith wants to understand the dynamic between language and our inner lives.

January Books: A Reading List for the First Month of the New Year 0

It’s with a sense of incompletion that I offer my nine recommendations here for January, books and poems that begin, or hinge, or are contained in the year’s first month.

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 9

I did something crazy this year. I blew half of a freelancing check on the complete, seven-volume edition of William T. Vollmann's 3,000 page essay on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down.

A Year in Reading 2012 20

For a ninth year, some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers will look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era.

Lamenting the Modern: On Zadie Smith's NW 10

Smith is able to build a very solid portrait of her protagonist from bits and pieces, implying that this is how we are all fashioned by our society and that perhaps such a form is the best way to render modern experience.

Is This Book Bad, or Is It Just Me? The Anatomy of Book Reviews 36

You can critique the critics. You can be a meta-Michiko. Use this knowledge wisely.

The Unrealist Novel 1

The Books We Come Back To 62

It shows adulthood and devotedness, I think, to try and get back to a book you love, every four seasons or so. So which books do you all reread yearly, or biannually, or quadrennially, or decennially, and why?

Zadie Smith's Headed to Hollywood 1

The Story Behind the Story: An Appreciation of Authors' Acknowledgments 18

At their best, acknowledgements can be finely-wrought short stories with the author as protagonist. At least one acknowledgements has made me cry.

Dispatch from Turkey: Plagiarism Charges Levied at Award-Winning Author 17

Award-winning polyglot Turkish author Elif Şafak has been accused of plagiarism by a translator in Turkey, where her newest novel Iskender was released on August 1.

How Avant Is It? Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy, and the Novel's Way Forward 24

Huge claims have been made on behalf of the novelist Tom McCarthy. But what do they actually tell us about "the future of fiction?"

Adam Levin's The Instructions and the Cult of the Child 8

Why so much genius? Why now?

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Recommended Reading for Transient Lives 5

By way of starting a conversation about the ideal marriage of text and transportation, we've asked our contributors and readers to make reading recommendations for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Best of the Millennium, Pros Versus Readers 85

Our distinguished panel selected 20 incredible books as their Best of the Millennium (So Far). What were our readers' favorites from the decade now coming to a close?

Ask a Book Question: #74 (Just One Book) 32

If you could read just one novel, what would it be?

Literature in Lieu of the Tour Guide: Fiction (and Non) to Take on Vacation 21

The World of Tomorrow, Today: An Attempt at a Review of Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day 3

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: January 2007 1

Brooklyn Book Festival Dispatch 0

Giving Books As Gifts 0

On the Road 0

Stuck in the '70s 0